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36.   To BICHAED WEST.
DEAB WEST,                                        Florence, Oct. 2, 1740. N.S.
T'other night as we (you know who we are) were walking on the charming bridge, just before going to a wedding assembly, we said, ' Lord, I wish, just as we are got into the room, they would call us out, and say, West is arrived! We would make him dress instantly, and carry him back to the entertainment. How he would stare and wonder at a thousand things, that no longer strike us as odd!' Would not you ? One agreed that you should have come directly by sea from Dover, and be set down at Leghorn, without setting foot in any other foreign town, and so land at Us, in all your first full amaze ; for you are to know, that astonishment rubs off violently; we did not cry out Lord! half so much at Eome as at Calais, which to this hour I look upon as one of the most surprising cities in the universe. My dear child, what if you were to take this little sea-jaunt? One would recommend Sir John Norris's convoy to you, but one should be laughed at now for supposing that he is ever to sail beyond Torbay *. The Italians take Torbay for
LITTER 36.—* Extract of a letter from on board the Suffolk in Torbay, Sept. 5, 1740. 'After another ineffectual attempt to get out of the Channel, we are a third time driven back, and obliged to return to this harbour. Our departure from St. Helen's (after the Lyon and Victory had ran foul) was the 23rd of July; we had a wind tolerably fair, but it being that afternoon and next day westerly, we got but a little west of this place, when the wind blowing very hard in our teeth, obliged us to put in here. We arrived the 26th, at 6 in. the afternoon. The -wind continuing W. & S.W. we remained till the 4th of August, when we weighed and
sailed. Wind at N.E. as far as the Bolt Head, next day within 6 leagues of the Lizard, tho' the wind had changed to the W. The 6th it blew so violently S.W. that there was no standing against it, so we returned again to Torbay, The wind continuing between S. and W. we lay till the 22nd, and then sailed with an easy breeze from the East for two days, but did not get up with the Lizard till the 25th at 8 in the morning, when suddenly there blew so rank a storm from the S. that we wondered the Admiral did not give the signal for returning; but at 8 next day, the storm increasing, he was obliged to give way to necessity, and we put in here a third time